KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - For the second time this season, Garrett Stallings has been named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday morning.
Stallings was named co-pitcher of the week, sharing the honor with Florida's Jack Leftwich. Both Stallings and Leftwich tossed complete-game shutouts to lead their respective teams to important conference victories.
Stallings was dominant in the Vols' series-opening 7-0 win against No. 15 Ole Miss on Thursday night. The junior right hander scattered just four hits, did not allow a walk and struck out seven batters en route to his eighth win of the year. He is just the third pitcher in program history to earn SEC Pitcher of the Week honors twice in the same season, joining James Adkins (2007) and Luke Hochevar (2005).
The Chesapeake, Va., native retired the side in order in five of his nine innings pitched and helped the Vols record their 10th shutout of the season, tying the program record that was set back in 1994. It was the second complete-game shutout of the season for Stallings, who also accomplished the feat in a 3-0 win over then No. 2 Georgia on April 12.
Stallings and Tennessee begin postseason play tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. ET against Auburn in the first round of the SEC Tournament. The game will be televised live on the SEC Network.